Rustic & Hand-Carved Headstones

Embracing a rustic and meticulously hand-carved aesthetic, our headstones present an exceptional avenue for commemorating and celebrating the life of a cherished individual who has departed.

Our team of committed and exceptionally talented memorial artisans possesses the expertise to meticulously hand-carve bespoke rustic headstones, each exuding intricate detailing and a flawless finish.

While an array of pre-fashioned rustic and hand-carved headstone designs awaits your consideration, we also take pride in our ability to craft bespoke creations that exude distinction and individuality.

It would be a privilege for us to contribute to the endeavor of immortalizing your loved one’s memory through the artistry of a genuinely befitting rustic or hand-carved headstone.

Choosing A Rustic Or Hand-Carved Headstone

For those who seek an enduring tribute of true craftsmanship to honour their loved one, a rustic or hand-carved headstone emerges as a truly exceptional option.

Our adept memorial artisans possess the skill to transform any design or vision into a hand-carved masterpiece that radiates rustic charm and bespoke uniqueness. The result is a premium headstone that undeniably sets itself apart.

With a heritage spanning well over a century, Ursells has been a steadfast partner for families throughout Ross and beyond. With memorial showrooms nestled in Ross, we extend our proficiency and dedication to delivering quality memorial services.

Should you wish to delve deeper into the realm of rustic or hand-carved headstones or wish to delve into the specifics of a personalised design, we invite you to reach out to our welcoming team without hesitation. We’re here to assist you in any way possible.

A cemetery full of memorials in summer

Rustic Headstone Materials & Colours

The rustic and meticulously hand-carved headstones in our collection come in a diverse array of materials and finishes, with specific options boasting an extensive spectrum of colors and tones.

When it comes to crafting rustic headstones, virtually any design can be realised using a wide range of stone materials, including robust choices like granite, which is offered in an array of captivating colors.

In contrast, the artistry of hand-carved headstones finds its canvas predominantly in softer stone materials like limestone and sandstone.

Each type of headstone material brings its own distinct advantages—whether it’s an alluring visual appeal, ease of intricately carving, or minimal upkeep demands that define its unique attributes.


Please note that these material and colour examples should be used as a guide only.

The high quality materials that we use are naturally sourced materials, therefore we can expect each headstone to be unique with a colour, shade and pattern that slightly differs to the next.

Granite cremation memorial material


Limestone cremation memorial material


York Stone cremation memorial material

York Stone

White Marble cremation memorial material

White Marble

Portland Stone cremation memorial material

Portland Stone

Forest of Dean cremation memorial material

Forest of Dean Stone

Sandstone cremation memorial material


Nabresina cremation memorial material

Nabresina Stone

Welsh Slate cremation memorial material

Welsh Slate


We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour


Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Light Grey

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Dark Grey

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Avon Grey

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Star Galaxy

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour


Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

Bahama Blue

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Blue Pearl

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ruby Red

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Balmoral Red

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Twilight Red

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour


Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour


Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Emerald Pearl

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Fir Green

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Imperial Green

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ocean Green

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Tropical Green

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour


White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

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We are here to sensitively address your needs concerning rustic and hand-carved headstones.

To discover further details about these type of headstones, please reach out to us and schedule an appointment today.


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Welsh three feathers symbol as a fine craft etching on a black granite stone cremation memorial


Infuse character, personality, and an unparalleled sense of uniqueness into a rustic memorial through intricate and expertly crafted etchings of images or photographs.


  • Established memorial masons since 1885
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Over 130 years industry experience
  • The Ursells 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The Ursells price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
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Installation Services

After our team of skilled memorial stonemasons designs and crafts your children’s memorial, the subsequent step involves the professional installation of the memorial around the designated burial plot.

Benefiting from an extensive understanding of cemeteries in the surrounding regions of Ross-on-Wye, we are excellently positioned to provide expert counsel and direction on the most fitting types of children’s memorials for various cemeteries and churchyards across the Ross locale.

Through our dedicated children’s memorial installation service, you can find solace in the assurance that your chosen memorial will be meticulously installed to the utmost standard of excellence.

To learn more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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How Do I Choose A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

With so many rustic and hand-carved headstone designs, styles and variations available, not to mention the vast range of stone materials, colours and shades to choose from, it’s no surprise that many customers come to us for guidance and advice when it comes to selecting the perfect headstone to memorialise a loved one.

Many of our customers find that requesting to download our brochure is a great place to start as this provides several rustic and hand carved headstone styles, materials, and examples to help narrow down your memorial search. Many customers approach us with a specific headstone idea in mind. This could be an idea you have formed in your head or a picture of a rustic or other hand-carved headstone design that you have seen in a cemetery or somewhere online. This is perfectly fine, so rest assured our expert headstone design team and skilled memorial stonemasons can hand-craft just about any bespoke design or idea you can think of.

Browsing rustic and hand-carved headstones at your local cemetery and online, or simply booking an appointment to speak through your options in detail with one of our advisors and to view them in person will greatly help you come to a suitable decision when considering headstone options to help honour and remember the lives of those you love.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

Can You Help Me Choose A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

We can certainly go through your options in great detail to help you reach a decision on which rustic or hand carved headstone you should choose. We can highlight the benefits of different soft stones that are more suited to hand carving, show you a variety of rustic headstone styles and designs that meet your requirements, and discuss the range of detailing options that are available for each particular headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Hand Carved Headstone?

The best material to use when crafting a hand carved headstone is a soft stone. Most hand carved headstones are crafted using limestone or sandstone as these stones are much softer and far easier to carve than harder stones such as granite. Which stone material you should choose will come down to the type of colour, tone, and texture that best suits your taste. The location the headstone is to be installed in should also be taken into consideration as softer stones are more prone to deteriorating faster in certain environments. That isn’t to say that certain stone materials should be immediately ruled out based on where it’ll be installed (such as underneath a tree where the memorial may be prone to falling leaves & debris during certain seasons), but that you may want to take into account the upkeep of the memorial – there are memorial aftercare services available you may want to consider to ensure the headstone is kept in the best condition possible throughout the year.  

Alternatively, we are able to offer a wide variety of rustic-inspired headstone designs that can be crafted from the more durable granite stone. 

At Ursells, we offer all of the popular headstone materials that you’d expect from any memorial stonemason.

Are Rustic & Hand Carved Headstones Available In Different Colours?

Hand carved headstones that are crafted from a softer stone, such as limestone, sandstone or slate will only be available in the natural colour of those materials – as the headstones are crafted from naturally sourced stone materials, each headstone may differ slightly from the next with its unique tone, texture and patterns.

We do offer an endless range of headstones with a rustic design that can be crafted from granite, and we can create a bespoke rustic design for you if required. As granite is available in many different colours and shades, it is possible for your granite rustic-inspired headstone to be crafted in any available colour of your choice.

A coloured rustic headstone allows one to honour their lost loved one in a way they see most fitting. Perhaps in a favourite colour, or because they want something that isn’t as sombre as the typical black or grey headstones.

Cemeteries and churchyards have different rules and regulations with regards to what they allow within their graveyards, so it’s always worth checking what their stance is with headstones of different colours and materials to ensure your rustic headstone choice won’t be rejected by them.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

Choosing a headstone for a loved one can be a very difficult and emotional process, so we would always advise that you take as long as necessary to come to your decision so that you can be sure you’re honouring and remembering their life in the most fitting way. There really is no right or wrong answer – you should take as long as you require.

From a technical standpoint, most cemeteries request that you wait at least 6-12 months before erecting a headstone so that the ground has time to settle following a burial.

Timescales differ between cemeteries and also tend to differ between memorial type – for example, a cemetery may request a wait of 6-12 months before a headstone can be installed and erected, while they may allow a cremation memorial to be installed immediately.

If you’re unsure, our qualified and highly experienced staff can advise and guide you through this process.

Other than that, there is no set time that you should wait before placing a headstone on a grave – it is all down to you and when you feel ready. People often find it is a good idea to not rush the process, as time can help you better decide on the rustic or hand-carved headstone design itself as well as the inscription.

Can I Choose A Rustic Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes. Our memorial stonemasons are very experienced and highly skilled, so we are able to meet bespoke requirements and recreate or hand-carve any headstone design. Simply provide us with an image and/or an idea of what you are looking for, and we will do our very best to help. Many people choose a rustic or hand-carved headstone as they want the memorial to be truly unique and different from others, so this is something we fully understand and would be more than happy to discuss with you. Alternatively, you may want us to replicate a rustic or hand-carved headstone design that you saw elsewhere and really liked and this is something we can also easily accommodate.

How Long Does It Take For A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone To Be Made?

The design and creation of any headstone, be it hand carved or machine cut, and the engraving of its inscription is a highly skilled process. This means we can expect it to take some time before any rustic or hand-carved headstone is complete following the order – certainly several weeks, and perhaps months. The timeframe will also depend on the current demand and accessibility of the stone material you choose, so for a more accurate answer you will be best served asking for an up-to-date estimated lead time at the time of order.

Can I Add Something To An Existing Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

Yes, you can certainly add something to any existing rustic or hand-carved headstone. This could be a special design or etching, or an additional inscription or change of font. Whatever it may be, we can discuss your requirements and confirm what headstone amendments can be carried out dependant on your particular memorial and the stone it has been crafted from.

What Is The Average Cost Of A Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone?

The truth is, there really is no accurate average cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is hand carved or specifically crafted into a rustic design. This is because each headstone is unique, and the cost will vary based on the material, size, headstone type and more rather than just labour involved. For an accurate quote, we would advise you contact a representative so that we can take the specific details you require beforehand.

One thing we can confirm upfront is our price promise – we are confident that our prices are the most competitive around and offer a discount should a customer find the same quality product elsewhere, so long as it’s supplied by a recognised and reputable memorial mason or funeral director.

Do You Offer A Guarantee?

Certainly, all of our Book headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 130 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1885.

Can I See Proofs of The Rustic or Hand Carved Headstone First?

We can send you several proofs of what the rustic or hand-carved headstone will look like before proceeding with the creation. If you don’t approve of the design, we can re-work the layout or style to meet your needs. We understand just how important it will be to craft the perfect headstone for you and your loved one, so rest assured we will work closely with you throughout the entire process.

Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?

We do possess expertise in shipping headstones internationally, but please keep in mind that overseas shipping entails additional costs, such as specialised protective packaging, insurance, and customs fees.